Protect Against Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Protect Against Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Learn how you can protect your family from the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.

When temperatures drop, more and more families start to use their heating systems.  However, this also increases their family’s risk of being exposed to dangerous carbon monoxide gas.  Carbon monoxide is produced by the burning of carbon based fuel sources such as gasoline, charcoal, natural gas and so on.  When carbon monoxide is inhaled, it prevents the spread of oxygen in the body and can be fatal in large doses.  This winter, protect your family from carbon monoxide poisoning by taking these precautions.

Learn the Early Signs of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

The symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are very similar to flu symptoms.  Early signs include: headache, weakness, fatigue, dizziness, shortness of breath, nausea or vomiting, confusion, blurred vision, and loss of consciousness.  The signs of carbon monoxide poisoning can be very subtle, but if you suspect that you or your loved one is suffering from exposure to carbon monoxide, then get into a place with fresh air and seek medical care.

Install Detectors

Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that is virtually undetectable to the human senses.  That’s why it’s so important to have carbon monoxide detectors in your home.  Carbon monoxide detectors are very similar to smoke detectors.  They sense carbon monoxide in the air and set off an alarm to warn the occupants of the home.  Make sure you install these detectors on every level and in every sleeping area of your home.  If you already have these detectors in place, then make sure you test them annually to ensure that they’re functioning correctly.

Check Your Heating System

Before winter hits, make sure you get your heating system checked out by a professional.  This will ensure that your system is running properly with no carbon monoxide leaks.  Additionally, getting regular maintenance will ensure that your heating system is running efficiently and could save you money on your heating costs.

Never Run Engines or Burn Fuel in Enclosed Spaces

Finally, you can prevent the accumulation of carbon monoxide by never running an engine or burning fuel in an enclosed or poorly ventilated space.  For instance, you should avoid running your car with the garage closed and you shouldn’t run a generator in your basement.  Additionally, avoid lighting up a grill inside your home.

Follow these steps to ensure that your family stays safe from carbon monoxide poisoning this winter.  Want another way to protect your loved ones?  Then make sure they have the right insurance coverage to keep them safe.  To find the best policy for you and your family, contact the experts at Tri-Star Insurance.  We are ready to assist you with all your insurance needs.